Small stock production: Castration and your rams

Question: Does castration retard the growth of young rams? Yes, it does. When you have two 1-month-old rams who weigh exactly the same and you castrate only one, you will discover that the castrated one’s growth slows down and it loses the characteristics of a ram, while the other maintains…

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Livestock production: Effect of castration on growth

Question: What is the effect of castration on the future development of an animal? Castration at a younger age has a bigger effect on growth, than when castration is done at a later age. Castration at the age of three months lengthens the growth process. This means the long bones…

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Cattle production: Castration methods for calves/cattle

Question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of different castration methods in calves? Bull calves have to be castrated as soon as possible and before reaching an age of two months. Different methods can be used. The purpose of castration is: To ensure the bull calves can’t breed or reproduce.…

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